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Blood Science (Distance Learning) - MSc

Why study this course?

London Met’s innovative Blood Science (Distance Learning) MSc focuses on the diagnostic techniques, quality assurance / quality control (QA/QC) and regulatory issues within this emerging field. This master's course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), offering you the advantage of the opportunities for knowledge and career development this respected body provides. Delivered as a flexible online programme through our online portal, WebLearn, you’ll be able to fit your studies around your working life.

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The Blood Science (Distance Learning) MSc course is designed to provide you with a deep understanding of the emerging, mixed-disciplinary field of blood science.

This master's specialisation combines haematology, immunology, transfusion and clinical biochemistry developed from the increasing automation within pathology.

Created with input from current practitioners in the field, the course is suitable for biomedical science practitioners, graduates of biomedical or related human sciences and those who want work or already are working in blood science departments within pathology.

Taught entirely online, your physical attendance will not be required on campus and you can learn at your own pace with the support of our biomedical science team.

You’ll examine different theoretical perspectives, methodological approaches, research interests and practical applications.

Each module has a module leader who is responsible for developing the curriculum and coordinating the production of the  online learning materials. Some sessions are broadcast live with modules running as taught sessions in the University, so you can engage with tutors, lecturers and other students.

You can also contact your module leader and discuss ideas with other students via email, discussion boards and during live peer-to-peer support sessions.

Your final research project will be conducted in your place of work with joint supervision provided by your laboratory training officer and a member of staff from the School of Human Sciences. For those not working in a suitable laboratory, research may be conducted at London Metropolitan University with additional bench fees for materials.

The course is designed to support professionals and their career development in the healthcare profession, biomedical/biotechnology industry or in academia, with the ability to take individual modules for continuing professional development (CPD). The course also has the potential to lead on to doctoral study.

Assessment

Exercises and short phase tests will be used to provide you with feedback on your progress.

Summative assessment of your knowledge base and understanding will be incorporated into formal in-course tests and exercises, personal learning logs and end of module assessments completed at the end of each unit.

Your master's research project assessment will culminate in the presentation of a dissertation and a poster presentation via a face-to-face messaging system or similar technology.

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the IBMS, and all students are eligible for eStudent Membership of the IBMS.

Single modules taken for CPD obtain 100 points per 10 credits with the IBMS.

The course is also recommended by the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS).

You will be required to have:

  • a first or second class honours first degree (or equivalent) in biomedical or life sciences subjects (that included appropriate biomedical content), although other subjects may be considered

Lower grades, or non-degree qualifications supplemented by substantial work experience, may be considered at interview.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Accelerated study

Transfer of credit may be possible. If you can demonstrate knowledge and skills at a postgraduate level equivalent of up to one third of the master of science, postgraduate diploma or postgraduate certificate-required modules, then you may apply for appropriate transfer of credit through our APEL (Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning) coordinator.

You are advised to discuss eligibility for credit with the course leader before completing a Credit Application Form.

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2017/18 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start)

    This module provides an understanding and knowledge of the theory and practice of immunology. Reviewing the development and operation of the immune system in both health and disease. Exploring current ideas in immunopathology, immunosuppression, stem cells and immunotherapy. Exploring recent developments in immunoassays and immunocytochemical techniques for detection of antigens and disease markers.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start)

    The module is designed to provide students with an understanding of skills needed for the planning, organisation and practice of research in science. Bioethical considerations to developing a research project, and proposals for funding such as approaching an organisation for a grant are tacked. Different analytical approaches to problems will be reviewed together with the need to consider statistics and quality control in the design of projects. Students will consider the impact of appropriate safety, ethical and resourcing implications in the design and operation of a project.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester

    This module provides a review of the principles and practice of clinical biochemistry, draws student’s attention to evolving technologies and expands understanding of biochemical analysis, metabolism and physiology to those situations commonly encountered in the clinical chemistry laboratory.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester

    This module focuses on the practice haematology in a clinical setting. Providing the understanding and knowledge of the theory and practice of haematology. The module also explores the epidemiology, causes, consequences and monitoring of haematological and haemostatic disease. A focus on QA/QC, GLP and BSH guidelines for current practice.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start)

    This module provides an opportunity for student-lead problem solving applying knowledge acquired to a specific research question.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester

    This module provides an in-depth understanding and knowledge of the theory and practice of transfusion and transplantation. Investigating the scientific principles of immunology, microbiology, haematology and medical technology which underlie the practice of transfusion and transplantation, with attention to current trends and research. The module also explores the ethical issues associated with transfusion and transplantation.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start)

    This module provides an understanding and knowledge of the theory and practice of haematology. Examining the different elements that constitute blood in normal and diseased states, investigating the causes and diagnosis of anaemias, haemoglobinopathies and thalassaemias, haematological malignancy, haemostasis and thrombosis.

    Semester: Autumn, Spring, Summer (10 credit)
    Required prior Learning: None
    Assessment: Quizzes (500 words)(30%), reflective learning log (500 words)(30%), coursework (1000 words)(40%)

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start)

    This module provides an understanding and knowledge of the theory and practice of human anatomy and physiology and the aetiology, pathology, clinical presentation, treatment and diagnosis of diseases affecting human body systems.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start)

    This module aims to expose students to some of the key questions of cell biology concerning the structure of cells and intracellular activities.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start)

    Introduction to Cellular Pathology
    This module provides an understanding and knowledge of the theory and practice of Cellular Pathology. This module surveys the incidence and cause of human diseases. Diseases are characterised by comparing pathological with non-pathological states, with particular reference to underlying molecular and cellular perturbations.
    Semester: Autumn, Spring, Summer (10 credit)

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start)

    This module provides information and guidance to faciliatate an indepth understanding and knowledge of the theory and practical applications of clinical genetics. It explains UK NHS current approaches to clinical genetics and explores how cutting edge research in this field may impact human health and disease management in the future.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start)

    This module focuses on the structure and classification of a selected range of microorganisms and their impact on human society.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start)

    This module focuses on the structure and classification of a selected range of microorganisms and their impact on human society.
    Semester: Autumn, Spring, Summer (20 credit)
    Required prior Learning: None
    Assessment: Quizzes (500 words) (30%), reflective learning log (500 words) (30%), coursework (2000 words) (40%)

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start)

    This module provides information and guidance to faciliatate an indepth understanding and knowledge of the theory and practical applications of molecular biology and genetics. It explains the underlying mechanisms of molecular biology and enables these ideas to be expanded to the understanding of human health and disease.
    Semester: Autumn, Spring, Summer (10 credit)
    Required prior Learning: None
    Assessment: Quizzes (30%), reflective learning log (30%), coursework (1000 words; 40%)

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start)

    This module provides information and guidance to faciliatate an indepth understanding and knowledge of the theory and practical applications of toxicology. It explains the underlying mechanisms of xenobiotic (drug) metabolism and enables these ideas to be expanded to the understanding of human health and disease.
    Semester: Autumn, Spring, Summer (10 credit)
    Required prior Learning: None
    Assessment: Quizzes (300 words)(30%), reflective learning log (750 words)(30%), coursework (1000 words)(40%)

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Core modules required to be taken to gain the MSc are as follows:

  • Bioethics, Research and Grant Proposal (20 credits)
  • Clinical Biochemistry (20 credits)
  • Haematology (20 credits)
  • Transfusion Science (20 credits)
  • Advanced Immunology (20 credits)
  • Research Project (60 credits)

In addition to the core modules 20 credits of optional modules must be selected from alternative modules available within our distance learning programme. The suggested path of study for two year completion of the course is made available upon admission.

Find out more about the modules from our course specification.

The extension of knowledge this course provides allows practising biomedical scientists to be considered for promotion at work. Increasing numbers of healthcare scientists are benefiting from training in this discipline too.

You career opportunities will include employment in National Health Service (NHS) hospital laboratories and other health-related areas. Roles include those in pharmacology, biotechnology and similar areas.

Our graduates have also been well placed to apply for research studentships and PhD research scholarships .

Graduates with two years relevant professional experience can apply for the Member grade of membership of the IBMS.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

How to apply

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When to apply

You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.

It is recommended that you apply at least one month before the next intake date, so that your application can be processed and you'll have access to materials in time for the live broadcast modules you'll join with students who are studying at the University.

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